Fun Crafts for kids…
This darling craft is a sweet toy your kids can play with, too! After making these together, have your little ones put on a finger puppet show.
Get the tutorial at I Heart Crafty Things.
The egg ornaments on this Easter tree come together with basics from your pantry. Let the kids get creative during the decorating process with bold patterns and bright colors.
Get the tutorial at Design Mom.
Why wait until Christmas to make dessert houses? Kiddos will love these graham cracker houses featuring everyone’s favorite Easter treats.
Get the tutorial at Yesterfood.
Valentine Crafts for Kiddos
This paper heart wreath is a perfect Valentine’s craft for kiddos. It’s simple and fun to make, and your kids can hang it up around the house or share it with friends.
A recycled water bottle and a few basic craft supplies (craft paint, pipe cleaners and googly eyes) are the only materials you need to make these charming love bugs with your child.
Bonus: If you score a couple glow sticks, too, you can transform the craft into a nightlight to keep bedtime fears at bay.
The only thing cuter than a ladybug craft is one that features your child’s cherubic face front and center. Kids of all ages can help with this cardstock-and-glue stick craft.
Fun Crafts for Kiddos
We’ve all got a stash of single gloves just longing to one day find their mates. Let’s be honest, that will probably never happen. Instead, let the kiddos transform them into super silly glove monsters using felt, buttons and other basic craft supplies.
These cute goldfish soaps make great party favors or handmade gifts since they can be crafted in large batches. An adult should handle melting and pouring the soap base, but kids will enjoy dropping in the plastic fish.
Put scrap paper to use by upcycling it into these fun and easy seed bombs. Let the kids toss them in the backyard, then watch as beautiful wildflowers appear!
Holiday Crafts for Kids
from Good HouseKeeping
The fun thing about this craft is that you get to start it by going on a nature walk. Then, with just a few tweaks, your natural raw materials become a cheerful holiday gnome.
Use Hershey Kisses wrapped in holiday-color foils to make this ultra-easy project: Cut triangles from scrapbooking paper to represent trees, and let kids poke them into the top of the Kisses with toothpicks. Arrange them on a platter for a table centerpiece that’s homemade, affordable… and delicious, too.
Bring the outdoors in with this easy craft. Glue different-sized twigs to resemble stars, trees and snowflakes, then add embroidery thread for subtle color.
RELATED: Homemade Christmas Ornaments to Make
Santa Advent Calendar
Help Santa nail his Christmas look — one cotton ball at a time. First, cut out Santa’s head and red hat on pieces of white and red paper. Draw on his eyes, pink cheeks and nose, then jot down 1-25 on his white beard. Starting December 1, have your kids tape up a cotton ball until Santa’s beard is complete.
Vintage Paper Ornaments
For added dimension, mix a bunch of paper ornaments with multi-colored baubles. To make, trace our templates onto cardstock and cut them out. Decorate to your liking with glitzy pipe cleaners and snowflake cut-outs. Finally, punch a hole, add a ribbon and hang ’em on your Christmas tree.
Creative Turkeys for Tots!!
Pine Cone Turkeys
Pine cones, pom-poms, and pretty ribbons, oh my! This craft’s impossibly simple, but it has a big payoff. And the end result is cute enough to display proudly on your table this year.
Get the tutorial at Fireflies and Mud Pies.
These just might be the most adorable turkeys we’ve ever seen. Clad in brown yarn and orange pipe cleaners, they’re a sight to behold—and we promise they’re really easy to make too!
Get the tutorial at Growing Up Gabel.
There are two wonderful things to know about these turkey crowns: For starters, they’re offered as a free printable, and they come with easy-to-follow instructions. But the best part of all is that your kids can wear them all dinner long.
Get the tutorial at Printable Crush.
Here’s a few crafty ideas for your kiddos from Woman’s Day…
Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Characters
This Halloween project couldn’t be easier. Just upcycle some toilet paper rolls and add paint, colorful paper, googly eyes, and other details to give your Halloween characters major personality as pumpkins, mummies, Frankenstein monsters, or vampires.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
Halloween Slime Jars
First make the slime in the color (or colors!) of your choice — an easy project in itself that kids love to make.
Then, decorate the jars as the finishing touch: googly eyes, felt, and glue dots give your slime jars personality as ghosts, monsters, and jack-o’-lanterns.
Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.
Handprint Black Cat
Trace little hands on black construction paper. Cut out each handprint and glue on a cat face shape.
Finish the look with googly eyes or stickers, and draw on whiskers with silver or white gel pens.
Get the tutorial at Easy Peasy and Fun.
These little pumpkins are so much fun to make. It’s a fun Fall craft you can do with your kids or a great adult craft to spruce up your mantel or table decor. You can try it with different colored papers in different patterns as well. Here’s my step by step tutorial for how to make paper pumpkins for fall.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED
- Colored or patterned paper (2 – 8.5×11 sheets for each pumpkin)
- Paper Cutter
- Double Sided Tape
- Glue Gun & Hot Glue
Get the tutorial at DIY Inspired.
Paper Plate Tambourine
- Two small paper plates (6″ or 7″)
- Five jingle bells (¾” or 1″)
- Hole punch
- Pipe cleaner or twist ties
- Tempera or poster paint
- Paint brushes
- White glue
- Things to decorate your tambourine with: stickers, craft foam shapes, sequins, glitter glue, etc.
Get the tutorial at Birds & Blooms.
This pint-size favorite captured hearts in The Mandalorian, and now he’ll do the same in your kid’s classroom.
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Cardboard Box
- Glue gun
- Blue paint + brush
- Masking tape
- Glue stick
- Scissors (or knife to cut cardboard)
- Razor blade
Cookie Cutter Bird Seed Feeders (a toddler-friendly method)
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 2 packets of gelatin
- 2 cups bird seed
- parchment or wax paper
- cookie cutters or silicone molds
- straws cut into 2 inch pieces
Pour the water into a very large mixing bowl. Add two packages of gelatin and stir until it’s fully dissolved. Add the bird seed and mix well until everything is evenly coated.
Place cookie cutters/molds onto a parchment-lined tray and scoop seed mixture in until heaping full. Place another piece of parchment on top of the cookie cutters and press down firmly to pack in all of the seeds. Remove the top parchment layer and gently poke straw pieces all the way through the seed shapes (be sure not to put them too close to the edges). Pop the tray into the fridge for a couple of hours to allow the feeders to set.
Later on, remove the tray from the fridge and let sit on the counter to dry out. Flip the cookie cutters over a few hours later to let the bottoms dry out too. Let sit for at least 3 – 4 more hours (overnight is best) until the feeders are completely dry.
Gently remove the seed shapes from the molds (they should be fully dry and hard to the touch at this point – if not, allow to dry longer). Carefully remove the straws and tie a twine loop through the holes. Hang in your yard and watch the birdies come by for a treat.
Rudolph Tree Ornament
Kids love Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, and this ornament will surely get them excited for the holidays!!
What’s needed: Dark brown card stock, eyes, red pom poms, red pipe cleaners, glue & hole puncher.
To make: Cut head shape from brown card stock or use a circle paper cutter. Make a hole at the top of the head with a hole punch. Attach eyes and red pom pom to head with a hot glue gun. Attach one full size pipe cleaner and shape the top into a hook for hanging. Use a smaller size pipe cleaner for the antlers.
PUMPKIN PATCHES TO EXPLORE
PAPER MACHE FOR KIDS
How to make a paper mache bowl:
- need a small bowl – plastic is best. If no plastic, metal or ceramic will work fine but slide a layer of plastic wrap over it first
- newspaper – tear into strips
- make a paper mache paste – 1:1 flour and water
- dip the newspaper into the paste and layer over the bowl
- you’ll want many layers (about 5) – the more the better
- leave to dry overnight
- gently press out the bowl – if you have a plastic bowl, just give it a bit of a squeeze and it will pop out
- paint and decorate
How to make a Fortune Teller (cootie catcher)
National Geographic KIDS
Help Zeus climb Mount Olympus by scaling obstacles and answering questions about ancient Greece
NASA SCIENCE Space Slime
Stretchy Universe Slime Activity
Did you know that our universe is stretching out in all directions? It’s true! Ever since the universe began about 13.8 billion years ago, it’s been stretching out and expanding. Even today, as we use telescopes to see galaxies far away, we see they are moving away from us. And that’s not all. The farthest galaxies are moving faster than the ones close to us. This happens because of how the universe began, which we sometimes call the “Big Bang.” In this activity, you’ll make your own stretchy universe slime. Click the Picture…
San Diego Zoo Tiger Cubs
Tiger Cubs at the Park Video
Cirque du Soleil
Family Face Paint Tutorial Video
Virtual Video…All About Penguins!
How to Make Folded Paper Bracelets
Making a folded paper bracelet is a fun way to keep the kids busy and to use up old paintings. Plus, they look so pretty!
Travel Oregon Coloring Book
The fantastical scenes of Only Slightly Exaggerated are available in line-drawing form, perfect for the artists in your life. All you need is a printer and coloring pencils. Download the coloring book now.
APR 14, 2020 | 12:00-2:00PM | Facebook Live
Fun Family Activities on Facebook Live!
KIDS ACTIVITIES AND FUN THINGS TO DO AT HOME
Video activities here…
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Color Our Collections…
In this activity collection, you’ll learn how to create your very own art-making robot–an ArtBot!
Age Levels Primary (5 to 8 years old), Elementary (9 to 12 years old)
Oregon Zoo live video and home activity resources
We’re bringing the Oregon Zoo to you on Facebook Live!
Go behind the scenes to meet animals and connect with our animal care staff. Tune in for new videos every week on our Facebook page or watch on YouTube. After each live video, learn more about these animals and how to help them. The activities, developed by our award-winning education team, are aimed at children ages K–5 (but we invite animal lovers of all ages to join in the fun!)
Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Cat Behavior
APR 7, 2020 | 6:30-8:30PM | Facebook Live
Go to OMSI’s main facebook page at 6:15pm. Here’s a link: https://www.facebook.com/omsi.museum/ You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream. Also, watch for scammers trying to get you to sign up for the event. OMSI will NOT send you a request to sign up to view the Facebook Live event.
If you are unable to join us on Facebook, we will post the video to OMSI’s Youtube channel following the day.
Each event will begin with our 10 question trivia game. Grab a pencil and paper and compete against your family! We will also host Q&A after the lecture. In order to ask a question, all you have to do is comment on Facebook.
Welcome to NASA Kids’ Club.
NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.
On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. See the Game Descriptions and National Education Standards.
The NASA Kids’ Club Picture Show is an image gallery of some of NASA’s coolest and most interesting pictures. They may be used as conversation starters or writing prompts to lead children in discussions about STEM-related topics and current events.
The Now in Space slideshow introduces young explorers to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.